Dr. Cromartie resigns as assistant superintendent
by Larry Chowning
Middlesex County Public School Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michael T. Cromartie has submitted his resignation to the school board effective August 31, 2016.
“I have been offered what I believe to be a special opportunity to serve as director of school programs for Portsmouth Public Schools,” Dr. Cromartie said in an email he released on Tuesday. “Consequently, I submitted my resignation as assistant superintendent of Middlesex County Public Schools effective August 31, 2016.
“For nearly five years I have served the students, staff and families of Middlesex County, and I am immensely proud of what we have been able to accomplish together over this time. Yet, as our girls get older and more involved in their schools and our community, a daily commute of three hours continues to present insurmountable challenges,” said Dr. Cromartie.
“For the past few years my family has understandably longed to have me closer to home. I covet the same,” he said. “Understand that I will always remember Middlesex County Public Schools fondly. Admittedly, my professional life has been enhanced because each of you has had a part in it.
“Between now and the last day, I hope you trust that I will do everything I can to ensure that our schools are set for the best possible opening. Beyond that, I will continue to cheer and pray for Middlesex County Public Schools,” he said.
Middlesex County School Board chair Claudia Soucek said she is excited that Dr. Cromartie can be closer to his family. “He has done a great job for our school system and we are going to miss him. We wish him nothing but the best,” she said.
Dr. Cromartie also served as interim superintendent in the Middlesex School System for the period between when former superintendent Dr. James Lane left in 2013 and the arrival of Dr. Thomas W. Taylor a few months later.
Dr. Taylor resigned as superintendent several weeks ago and has been replaced by Dr. Peter Gretz.